Summit In Damascus To Discuss Negotiations With Israel

The indirect peace talks between Israel and Syria are expanding the circle of partners. Syrian President Bashar Assad will convene a four-way summit today with the participation of the leaders of France, Turkey and Qatar, in order to discuss his indirect talks with the Olmert government. This was stated Tuesday night by unofficial sources in the Syrian leadership.

The four leaders who will convene in Damascus are French President Nicolas Sarkozy; Qatar Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani; and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. News agencies in Syria noted on Tuesday at the symbolic nature of the summit: It will bring together the acting president of the Arab League, Syria; with the acting president of the European Union, France; and the acting president of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Qatar. According to reports from Damascus, the four leaders will also discuss the Iranian nuclear crisis and the volatile situation in Lebanon.

Israeli Missiles Sold To India For About $260 Million

After long months of competition with other systems and prolonged negotiations, India ordered from Israel’s Rafael Spyder air defense systems valued at $260 million. This is a system that makes use of the company’s two air-to-air missiles, the heat-guided Python 5 and the radar-guided Derby. The two were converted for launching from a ground launcher installed on a truck. The system also includes a radar system made by Israel Aircraft Industries.

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